Militarization 

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Rally in Bonn, May 17, 2019

Eritrea: Cooperation with the wider Eritrean democracy movements recommended

Intergroup discussion on Eritrea in the Bundestag

(29.06.2020) On 25 June 2020, a public intergroup zoom discussion was held at the invitation of Rudi Friedrich (Connection e.V.) and Kathrin Vogler (MdB, Die Linke). Several experts as well as members of the German parliament parties SPD, FDP and the parliamentary group Bündnis 90/Die Grünen took part in the discussion. More than 60 persons from about 10 countries were following the discussion.

USA: National Guard Troops Refuse Trump’s Race War

(04.06.2020) Courage to Resist is currently assisting members of the National Guard who resisted Trump’s orders to violently attack people on the streets of Washington DC peacefully and lawfully protesting racial injustice. Now that Trump is threatening to use the 1807 Insurrection Act to send active-duty troops in cities across the US, it’s time for every member of the military to search their conscience. We want to make sure we’re there to support the brave men and women who continue to refuse these illegal orders.

Pedro Polo

Pedro Polo, Spain: We are not soldiers, we are queers

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) My name is Pedro Polo and I am 57 years old. I declared myself an objector at the age of 19 when my country still had not approved conscientious objection. Later, at the end of the 80s I collaborated with the Conscientious Objection Movement in the Campaign for Insumisión. In these years I also became conscious of my sexual orientation and organised myself with other collectives and people forming the LGBTQI ANTIMILITARISTS. I am going to read part of the LGBTQI ANTIMILITARIST declaration, regarding the militarization of the COVID19 pandemic.

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Marcela Paz and Rocio Elizabeth

Marcela Paz and Rocio Elizabeth, Chile: For a world without war, without borders, without violence

Video on YouTube channel Refuse to Kill

(15.05.2020) Marcela Paz of the Antimilitarist Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe, RAMALC) and Rocio Elizabeth, conscientious objector, both from Chile, give a short statement to the International Day of Conscientious Objection: “Because we want a world without war, without borders and without violence, a greeting today to all the conscientious objectors in the world”

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